Steal-able (and properly researched) quotes on love, hope, and partnership for your wedding

Guest post by Wendy
Quotes from True Love by Robert Fulghum
Quotes from True Love by Robert Fulghum

We're having our wedding at a historical two-room school house. There are fourteen chalkboards mounted in the walls in both rooms, and of course, we totally got permission to write on them. So, we decided the cheapest way to decorate a literary-themed wedding is to take quotes from our favorite authors and poets about love, hope, marriage and happiness, and get a friend with good penmanship to put them up on the chalkboards for us.

I wanted a good mix of science fiction and classical writers that we both loved, so I turned to Google. I learned while doing my research was that… A) Lots of people don't cite the source, only the author, and verifying that the quote was accurate and finding out what book or poem took a lot longer than I anticipated, and B) Not everything you find on Pinterest is an accurate quote, or is mis-attributed. The Robert Fulghum quote is often cited as Dr. Seuss and the Walt Whitman has a lot of Pins as a stripped-down version of itself. I went to a wedding recently where they did cite the Fulghum quote as Suessian, and I had to really bite my tongue from saying anything. DOUBLE CHECK to avoid dorks like me internally freaking out about the inaccuracies!

I'd like to share with you all these awesome, (and researched!) steal-able quotes…

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“Hope is a thing with feathers / That perches in the soul, / And sings the tune without the words / And never stops at all. –Emily Dickinson Journal: Hope Is the Thing with Feathers
“There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house … confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.” -Homer, The Odyssey
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” –A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
“He took her in his arms and kissed her, under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.” –The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” –Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
“Sometimes when you fall, you fly.” –Fables and Reflections by Neil Gaiman
“Love is that condition where another person's happiness is essential to your own.” –Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
“Happiness is the highest form of wisdom.” –Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey
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“Now I think all of us were born with a hole in our hearts, and we go around looking for the person who can fill it. You… you fill me up.” –Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
“Love is another kind of power, which shouldn't surprise you. Magic comes from emotions, among other things. And when two people are together, in that intimacy, when they really, selflessly love each other it changes them both. It lingers on in the energy of their lives, even when they are apart.” –Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
“We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.” –True Love by Robert Fulghum
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“Mawwage. Mawwage is what bwings us togevah today. Mawwage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam wifin a dweam.” –The Princess Bride by William Goldman
“Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” –The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
“Day by day and night by night we were together — all else has long been forgotten by me.” –Once I Pass'd Through A Populous City by Walt Whitman

What quotes did you use for your wedding?

Comments on Steal-able (and properly researched) quotes on love, hope, and partnership for your wedding

  1. We had one reading, done by my oldest friend, by Rumi:

    This Marriage

    May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
    May it be sweet milk,
    this marriage, like wine and halvah.
    May this marriage offer fruit and shade
    like the date palm.
    May this marriage be full of laughter,
    our every day a day in paradise.
    May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
    a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
    May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
    an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.
    I am out of words to describe
    how spirit mingles in this marriage.

    Rumi had a way with words. 🙂 I still get shivers when I read this, and it seemed like the best sort of blessing – short, sweet, and meaningful without being too mushy.

    • There’s never enough Rumi. They should hand out Rumi with our paychecks. They should hand out Rumi with our coffee.

    • My absolute favorite!!!! I was asked to do a reading at my brother’s wedding and really wanted to do this one! <3

  2. Best Quote Evah courtesy of Cookie Monster:
    Sometimes, me think
    What is Love?
    Then me think
    Love is what last cookie is for.
    Me save last cookie for you.

      • In my hometown, it is very common to have a cookie table at your wedding. Hubs and I are major into sugary deliciousness, so our cookie table included a picture of Mr. Monster and his quote.

        • Do you happen to be from Pittsburgh or thereabouts? I found out about the cookie table when I was living there, and am SO STOKED about it. Even though I’m eloping, I still plan to bake and freeze a bunch of cookies for the day to have for my small amount of guests. Because cookie tables.

  3. Before the month before I got married, I posted a new quote on my Facebook every day. Some of my favorites are in this list!

    Some others are:
    “The supreme happiness of life consists in the conviction that one is loved; loved for one’s own sake–let us say rather, loved in spite of one’s self.” — Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
    “So yes, I know that love in unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable, and strangely easy to mistake for loathing.” — Stardust
    “Love should end with hope… Hope guides me. It is what gets me through the day, and especially the night. The hope that after you’re gone from my sight, it will not be the last time I look upon you.” — A Knight’s Tale
    “‘I love you’ is the inscription on Pandora’s Box.” — Mason Cooley, City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection
    “Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.” — Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life
    “You have made a place in my heart where I thought there was no room for anything else. You have made flowers grow where I cultivated dust and stones.” — Robert Jordan, The Shadow Rising

  4. There can never be enough Neil Gaiman! The full quote is from Matthew the Raven in Sandman “Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And Sometimes when you fall, you fly.” I have it hanging in my home office- in my Denver “burb” house! 😉

  5. While helping friends with wedding crafts they showed me her programs that had all been printed, cut, and tied together with ribbons. They flipped them over to show me the ‘adorable’ Dr. Seuss quote on the back. (Yes, the one mentioned above.)
    We were standing in a study filled with books. I told them. I wouldn’t have told them on their wedding day, but seeing it there and then- I’m not exactly someone to hold my tongue lol.

  6. A couple of poems:

    since feeling is first
    who pays any attention
    to the syntax of things
    will never wholly kiss you;

    wholly to be a fool
    while Spring is in the world

    my blood approves,
    and kisses are a far better fate
    than wisdom
    lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
    –the best gesture of my brain is less than
    your eyelids’ flutter which says

    we are for eachother: then
    laugh, leaning back in my arms
    for life’s not a paragraph

    And death i think is no parenthesis

    E. E. Cummings

    I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
    or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
    I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
    in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

    I love you as the plant that never blooms
    but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
    thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
    risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

    I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
    I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
    so I love you because I know no other way

    than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
    so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
    so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

    Pablo Neruda, Sonnet XVII

    Also, a line by Rumi:

    “The whole business of love is to drown in the sea.”

    • Oh, Neruda. That sonnet gives me goosebumps every time I read it. His book _100 Love Sonnets_ is worth tracking down.

  7. I am using quotes from final fantasy posted on table cards from games in the series.
    My favorite is “I am the darkness, you are the stars, our love is brighter than the sun” from the original snes version of FF VI aka III

  8. This is wonderful, thank you for sharing!! We’re using author names as table names, and adding a ‘love’ sort of quote under each name. I will happily steal a few of these 🙂

  9. Thank you, this is a great post. Your taste in quotes, authors and in life is awesome!

  10. So spot on! As a librarian/research skills teacher and general Lit geek I’m finding it really frustrating that there’s loads of brilliant quotes going around teh interwebs with no or completely erroneous citation. I think the worse one I’ve found so far was a segment from a distinctly ‘adult’ author attributed to Winnie the Pooh/ A. A.Milne :S It’s yearly easy to do know, I’ll admit that some of my secret Pinterest boards are chockablock of stuff that I’ve gone ‘oh I’ll verify it later…’ Six week holidays task methinks…

    One thing I’ve found though is that there’s just too much good lit/film/tv/song quotes, who’d thought it? 😉 Puzzling as to how to share as many of these as possible with people without overwhelming them.

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